A campaign to get more Pennsylvania doctors to be able to prescribe medical marijuana

March 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s announcement of new medical marijuana guidelines for doctors interested in certifying patients for treatment could well be a game changer in advancing this alternative to traditional pain relief. Under Pennsylvania’s 2016 law, patients with 17 qualifying medical conditions must be doctor-certified to apply for a state-issued medical marijuana card. But statewide, only [...]

Final meeting for Delaware cannabis panel

March 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A task force studying issues surrounding marijuana legalization in Delaware voted to release its final report Wednesday in a last, chaotic meeting that left some members questioning the validity of what they were doing and whether the public was being served well. A vote to release the report initially failed, as it had two weeks [...]

Federal prosecutors will not take on small cannabis cases despite Sessions cannabis claims

March 14th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Federal prosecutors won’t take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department’s decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday. Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on “routine cases” and will [...]

New Jersey Governor reaffirms his cannabis reform pledge

March 14th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

During a budget address on Tuesday, March 13th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy doubled down on his commitment to legalize marijuana in the Garden State this year. A budget overview document released in tandem with his address states that “this Administration plans to legalize adult-use marijuana by January 1, 2019. The State will also move forward with [...]

Lucrative wages offered in cannabis industry are said to be shrinking the hospitality industry’s hiring pool

March 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

There’s a food crisis in Colorado, and it has nothing to do with crop yield, farm-to-table or availability of ingredients. Local restaurants are having a near-impossible time hiring and retaining cooks, and the effects may be showing up on the plate and in the check. The drum-tight unemployment rate and the frenetic pace of new [...]

Cannabis may be the solution to older people’s alcohol problems

March 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

I heard some gossip recently about a sixtysomething Madonna-era DJ who had to be sectioned by his PR last summer at a music festival because he’d taken so many drugs. Also whooping it up at that festival was a former pop star “completely off his nana” on booze. Which may sound funny, but his friends [...]

UK Police Chief says cannabis should be sold in off-licenses

March 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

For those who don't live in England, let me briefly explain to you what an off-license is. An off-license is simply a shop which is licensed to sell alcohol to be consumed off the shop's premises. Yeah they kind of act as students and general booze-lovers best friends. A police boss says cannabis should be [...]

The growing cannabis industry is struggling to entice celebrity endorsement

March 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In the lead-up to the Academy Awards, stars were invited to stop by a string of rooms at the Beverly Hilton to sip champagne, get a spa treatment and inspect the brands eager to find a place in celebrities’ lives and on their Instagram feeds. This year there was something new on offer – marijuana. [...]

Sonoma County is being proactive in it’s attempts to clear past marijuana charges

March 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch abruptly changed course Monday, deciding her office will begin reviewing past marijuana-related crimes to reduce or expunge eligible convictions after saying last month it would not. The policy shift was issued late Monday afternoon after what she said was further consideration related to the 75 or so petitions the [...]

A cannabis-oriented bank in Los Angeles could prove financially difficult

March 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

It would be difficult for the City of Los Angeles to create a bank to handle business from the marijuana industry, a report released this month says. The report, by the city’s chief legislative analyst, identified several potential roadblocks, including the need for changes to state and city law and potentially “exorbitant” startup costs. “Formation [...]

Reports that a St Louis IHOP is refusing to serve customers who smell like cannabis is false

March 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A photo that’s gone viral this week claims to show an IHOP restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri with a sign on its door that warns diners it will not serve or seat guests who smell of marijuana. In fact, the photo is over a year old and the restaurant welcomes all guests “without judgement, an [...]

Support grows for proposed cannabis initiative in Michigan

March 7th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

More than six in ten Michigan voters endorse a proposed statewide ballot initiative legalizing the adult use and sale of cannabis. According to polling data compiled by the EPIC-MRA polling research firm and commissioned by Michigan NORML, 61 percent of voters say that they would vote yes on the measure “if the election were held today.” That percentage [...]

Jeff Sessions brings the long arm of the law down on Sacramento over it’s ‘sanctuary city’ stance

March 7th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

UPDATE: Sessions is coming to California to announce that the federal government will sue California over its “sanctuary city” status as relates to immigration. There are not expected to be any announcements on cannabis: The Cannifornian will report promptly if that changes. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make a “major” sanctuary city announcement Wednesday at [...]

Order to review and vacate thousands of marijuana convictions in California

March 7th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The District Attorney’s Office for Sonoma County, California (population 502,000) is directing staff to review and vacate thousands of past marijuana convictions. County officials estimate that an estimated 3,000 cases are eligible for either a sentencing reduction or expungement. The Sonoma County D.A.’s actions follow those of district attorneys for Alameda County, San Diego County, and San Francisco — each of [...]

Albuquerque may soon decriminalise cannabis

March 7th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Two Albuquerque city councilors are pushing to decriminalize marijuana possession in cases where a person is caught with an ounce (28 grams) or less, saying their proposal will free up police time and resources to focus on more serious crimes. Councilors Pat Davis and Isaac Benton announced their proposal Monday to amend Albuquerque’s criminal code [...]

Idaho stamps out CBD bill

March 6th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A proposal to legalize oil extracted from cannabis plants is likely dead for the year after a group of lawmakers broke out in turmoil during a last-minute attempt to advance the bill. Republican Sen. Tony Potts on Monday asked the Senate Health and Welfare Committee to give HB 577 a hearing. However, Potts was quickly gaveled [...]

Why Jeff Sessions memo could put the cannabis industry back years

March 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The California marijuana industry finds itself at an interesting crossroads: Excitement and convenience of the plant’s legalized recreational use intersects with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ initiative to roll back Obama-era guidance (i.e. Cole Memo). Until now, that guidance directed federal prosecutors and U.S. Attorneys to not focus federal resources on prosecuting cannabis-related offenses that [...]

Maine’s lawmakers are looking to rewrite voter-set cannabis laws

March 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

State lawmakers are moving forward with a legislative proposal to significantly amend various provisions of the state’s 2016 voter-approved cannabis law: The Marijuana Legalization Act. Members of the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee have voted 16 to 1 in favor of overhauling the law, which has yet to be fully implemented. Lawmakers had initially voted last year to [...]

Industrial hemp applications now open in Wisconsin

March 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Wisconsin farmers who want to grow industrial hemp can now apply for a state license. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection began accepting applications Friday. The deadline to apply for the upcoming growing season is May 1. Hemp fiber and oil can be used in numerous products. Federal drug law doesn’t differentiate between [...]

Trump suggests harsher penalties for drug dealers and alludes to a solution to the drug crisis

March 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

President Donald Trump said Thursday the “ultimate penalty” may be in order for drug dealers because the nation’s drug problem will never be solved without a show of strength and toughness. The comments were Trump’s most explicit on the matter to date. He previously has alluded to death for drug dealers by noting that some [...]

Potential new legislation may allow Illinois voters to voice their opinion on cannabis legalisation

March 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Illinois voters would be able to say whether they support legalizing recreational marijuana under a proposal lawmakers have approved. Senators voted 37-13 Thursday to put a non-binding question on the November ballot. Chicago Democratic Sen. Bill Cunningham is the sponsor. He says the referendum question will act as a statewide opinion poll. The proposal now [...]

Studies indicate that access to cannabis has led to lower opioid usage

March 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Patients routinely reduce or eliminate their use of prescription opiates following the use of medical cannabis; two recently published studies reaffirm this relationship. In the first study, published by the Minnesota Department of Health, investigators assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s medical cannabis access program. Among those patients known [...]

How legalised cannabis has led to pot parties and other forms of leisure

March 1st, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

With cannabis usurping alcohol for many people in America as the go-to intoxicant, it only stands to reason that whatever alcohol can do for your social life, cannabis can do to or do in a different way. Coco Ono, wearing only hot pants and pot-leaf pasties, prepared an overstuffed and dripping peanut butter sandwich and [...]

A disproportionate amount of African Americans and Latinos are still being arrested for cannabis possession in New York

March 1st, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

New York City police are continuing to disproportionately arrest African Americans and Latinos for minor marijuana possession violations, despite ongoing pledges from Mayor Bill de Blasio to halt the practice. In 2017, city police made an estimated 17,500 arrests for marijuana possession in the 5th degree — a class B misdemeanor. Consistent with past years, 86 percent percent [...]

How to cope with Jeff Sessions’ marijuana memo

February 27th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The California marijuana industry finds itself at an interesting crossroads: Excitement and convenience of the plant’s legalized recreational use intersects with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ initiative to roll back Obama-era guidance (i.e. Cole Memo). Until now, that guidance directed federal prosecutors and U.S. Attorneys to not focus federal resources on prosecuting cannabis-related offenses that [...]

Denver sees Nation’s first social use cannabis license approved

February 27th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Denver coffee shop received city approval Monday for the nation’s first business license to allow marijuana use by patrons, The Denver Post’s Jon Murray first reported. The Coffee Joint soon can allow customers to vape or consume edibles they bring to the café at 1130 Yuma Court, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. No smoking will [...]

Federal Judge throws out challenge to cannabis schedule

February 27th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A federal district court judge in Manhattan today granted the government’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to challenge the constitutionality of cannabis’ prohibited status under federal law. The 98-page complaint, filed in July 2017 by a legal team that includes New York attorney Michael Hiller, NORML Legal Committee memberJoseph Bondy and Empire State NORML Director David Holland, contended that the federal [...]

California looking to relax restrictions on cannabis use at events

February 7th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A state lawmaker wants the state to relax its policies prohibiting organizers of festivals and other special events in California from allowing marijuana sales and use unless the event is at a county fairground. Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) said Monday he introduced a bill on behalf of the city of Oakland, which wants marijuana sales [...]

Can you carry cannabis on flights in legalised states?

February 7th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In January, California joined the growing list of places where the sale of recreational marijuana is allowed, and now one in five Americans lives in a state where buying pot can be a tourist activity. But if you’re considering traveling with pot, be careful. Marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law and post-security areas at [...]

Denver credit union looking to serve the cannabis industry receives blessing from Federal Reserve

February 7th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Denver credit union aiming to serve the marijuana industry has received a Federal Reserve Bank’s blessing — albeit a conditional one — for the right to a master account. The Feb. 2 decision by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to conditionally grant a master account to The Fourth Corner Credit Union marks [...]

Compton says ‘no’ to cannabis

February 6th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Of the many cultural touchstones born on the streets of Compton, one of the most lasting is “The Chronic.” Dr. Dre’s classic 1992 album brought the nickname for high-grade cannabis into the mainstream, and, to the disdain of many Compton residents, cemented the city as the home of West Coast gangsta rap. It also gave [...]

Group within German police force wants decriminalised cannabis

February 6th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The Association of German Criminal Officers (BDK) has spoken out in favour of ending the ban on cannabis and has called for the decriminalization of all use of the drug. "The prohibition of cannabis has historically been seen as arbitrary and has not yet been implemented in an intelligent and effective manner,” the head of [...]

1 Month after Jeff Sessions announced plans for a cannabis crackdown, where does everyone stand?

February 6th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

It’s been a month since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, Obama-era Department of Justice guidance on enforcement of federal law in states that legalized marijuana in some form. Sessions’ marijuana policy shift didn’t just inject uncertainty into the legal cannabis industry — it empowered the Justice Department’s U.S. attorneys to enforce — or ignore — [...]

The impact of regulating adult cannabis use

February 6th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The legalization and regulation of marijuana for adults is associated with a drastic reduction in overall arrests, increased tax revenue, and is not adversely impacting public health or safety, according to a comprehensive report issued by the Drug Policy Alliance. Among the report’s highlights: • Marijuana arrests are down. Arrests for marijuana in all legal marijuana states and Washington, [...]

Can a breathalyser catch a stoned driver?

February 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In a sparely furnished, exceptionally clutter-free office in Oakland, California, Mike Lynn is blowing into a black plastic box the size of a rat trap. It is making a loud, steady beep. An electronic blue bar on the side progresses. “It takes a certain amount of breath,” he says after around eight seconds, when the bar [...]

Oregon is producing much more cannabis than it can consume

February 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Well, I never thought this would be a problem! But nonetheless, Oregon has produced and is continuing to produce three times the amount of cannabis than those living within the state can actually consume. I have always worked on the basis that you can never have too much cannabis, evidently I was wrong. How and [...]

Big Sur’s cannabis crop, why is it still not legal?

February 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

For decades, hidden in creases of the wild and rugged Santa Lucia Mountains, farmers have eked out a living growing some of the nation’s most esteemed cannabis, hanging onto the hope that someday they wouldn’t fear arrest. Marijuana in California is now legal. Yet the fate of farmers in Big Sur — the birthplace of [...]

Oregon starting to seriously crackdown on black market cannabis

February 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

With a massive spurt in legalisations in the past year, many still look at cannabis as the illicit substance it once was. This is largely due to the massive blackmarket industry which surrounds the substance, however, now it seems that a crackdown is imminent in a state where recreational cannabis has been legalised. Whether this [...]

San Diego’s first month of cannabis sales have been much stronger than expected

February 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

To be honest, by now this seems like one of those 'well, duh' moments. Every time a city introduces recreational cannabis, we have the same results, overwhelming sales. For this reason, it seems strange that people still doubt the economic benefits which can be reaped from recreational marijuana. Not to mention the social benefits, but [...]

Maine marijuana moratorium expires

February 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Emergency legislation enacted in January 2017 to delay the implementation of several provisions of Question 1: The Marijuana Legalization Act expired today. Proposed legislation in Maine’s House of Representatives to extend the moratorium until May 1, 2018 failed by a vote of 81 to 65. Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who opposed Question 1, had demanded lawmakers seek a nearly one-year [...]

Virginia: Cannabis oil is one step closer to being available for medical patients

February 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

A bill that would allow physicians to prescribe a form of medical marijuana to patients suffering from a variety of serious diseases seems headed toward passage Thursday on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates, and both Republican and Democratic sponsors say they believe it will become law. The legislation would permit the use [...]

Thousands will see their cannabis charges dismissed in California

February 2nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

San Francisco city officials announced plans yesterday to begin reviewing and automatically expunging thousands of past marijuana possession convictions. The District Attorney’s office says that it will review, dismiss, and seal an estimated 3,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1975. The office also intends to review and resentence many past felony convictions. Provisions in the state’s [...]

Colorado officials leading the charge against Sessions new cannabis policy

February 1st, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Elected officials from across Colorado are leading a national coalition of state politicians asking U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to convene a task force to align federal and state cannabis laws. The new organization calling itself Leaders for Reform on Wednesday sent a letter to Sessions condemning his Jan. 4 rescission of the Cole Memo and related [...]

Oakland begins officially handing out cannabis equity permits to help residents affected by the war on drugs

February 1st, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Four lucky winners on Wednesday were awarded cannabis dispensary permits under a new program designed to help Oakland residents affected by the U.S. war on drugs. In a Bingo-style drawing held Wednesday inside City Hall, the city’s first equity permits were awarded to Alphonso T. Blunt Jr., Marshall Crosby, Rickey McCullough and Zhongzhang Yan, according [...]

San Francisco announces plans to wipe away thousands of cannabis convictions

February 1st, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

This has been the question on many people's lips regarding the states and cities which have implemented any sort of cannabis program. Naturally, any state which regards cannabis as legal, or even simply not criminal, should then regard any who were arrested or charged in conjunction with the substance as innocent and not a criminal. [...]

Virginia’s Republicans snuff out marijuana bill

January 31st, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Would've gone through if it wasn't for those pesky Republicans. Yeah, Virginia's cannabis hopes seem to be going down the drain since the Republican senators do not seem to be interested at all in the state's bill to decriminalise cannabis. A Virginia state Senate committee has voted to kill a bill that would decriminalize small [...]

California considers state-run bank geared towards cannabusiness

January 31st, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

California is considering setting up a state-owned bank for its newly legalised cannabis industry, which it says has to operate mainly in cash due to federal regulations blocking access to traditional banking. The issue has taken on a new urgency following the US justice department’s decision to end a hands-off policy towards the legalisation movement [...]

Legislature permitting, Colorado cannabis deliveries may be implemented by September

January 31st, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

It's kind of the dream to have cannabis delivered to your door, right? You know like you would take-out food. This dream is very close to becoming a reality for those living in Colorado. The new leader of the pack of forward-thinking states who have really taken the idea of drug reform and ran with [...]

Preston Cannabis Club founder will not be deterred by jail time

January 30th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A second spell in prison has persuaded dedicated cannabis smoker Mike Dobson to give up growing the drug, but he has vowed not to give up his fight to set up a Preston Cannabis Club. Cannabis campaigner Mike Dobson has vowed to give up growing the drug after a sobering second spell in prison. But [...]

$670 million deal sees Canadian cannabis companies go international

January 30th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canadian cannabis is on the up and up, in fact this year alone it's potential trajectory has skyrocketed meaning it is on course for a very good couple of years. Another day, another near-billion-dollar deal in Canada’s marijuana industry. Aphria Inc. agreed to buy Nuuvera Inc., a global cannabis company based in Brampton, Ontario, for [...]

Rest in peace Dennis Peron, the individual most responsible for bringing medical marijuana to California

January 30th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

It is with heavy heart that today we discuss the loss of a true cannabis industry pioneer and revolutionary. Dennis Peron lived a long and colourful life and he will be remembered by many for his achievements and his devotion to the causes he supported. Peron was perhaps best known for his involvement in the [...]

Niagara Falls looking into the benefits of cannabis tourism

January 29th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Niagara Falls tourism officials think there's a chance American tourists will cross the border to smoke legal pot. And they are asking whether the area should try to capitalize on American and other home-grown pot tourists by creating licenced pot lounges. With the legalization of cannabis deadline approaching, the province is looking at considering allowing licensed cannabis [...]

Cannabis ‘social’ club receives backing from British police

January 29th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A cannabis club where people can smoke freely while watching TV or playing pool has been backed by police in the UK. Users at the Teesside Cannabis Club, the first of its kind, pay an annual £35-membership to get high in peace. The Middlesbrough club, set up by Michael Fisher four years ago, allows for [...]

Will the X Games become more weed-friendly in Aspen?

January 29th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

When you hold an extreme sports competition in a very cannabis-friendly location, does this mean the two will mix together? Truly, that remains to be seen, however, it would not be the first time that winter sports have had a connection to cannabis as in 1998 at the Winter Olympic Games, Ross Rebagliati, a professional [...]

Canada’s top cannabis growers prepare for a massive marijuana merger

January 26th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Two Canadian marijuana growers are hoping to get high on profit after agreeing to merge and create a $6bn (£4.2bn) company. Aurora Cannabis is buying smaller pot producer CanniMed Therapeutics after a far-from-mellow takeover battle between the firms. Canada plans to legalise recreational marijuana before July. And the dope developers are betting on the merger [...]

New Jersey Governor calls for cannabis program review

January 26th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

What a time to live in New Jersey right? Yeah their new governor Phil Murphy seems like a great guy, before getting into office he often mentioned modernising and evolving the states medical cannabis program, and it would appear he is waisting no time and is getting straight to work. Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy signed an [...]

What exactly is to blame for the sudden drop in wholesale cannabis prices?

January 26th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

As the number of actual cannabis sales continues to rise, the actual value of cannabis in large quantities (for wholesale) has somewhat plummeted. This is the effect, but what exactly is the cause? While we would love to lump all this on marijuana's primary enemy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, it turns out he is not [...]

54 senators plead with Trump to put a stop to Sessions’ cannabis vendetta

January 26th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

On Wednesday, January 24th, fifty-four members of Congress representing both political parties sent a letter to President Trump denouncing the recent rescinding of the Cole Memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Led by Senator Elizabeth Warren on the Senate side and Representative Jared Polis in the House, the signers stated: “These new policies have helped eliminate the black [...]

Signs that France may relax it’s cannabis laws

January 24th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

France's fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure -- the French remain among Europe's biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under President Emmanuel Macron have more success? And the new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making users caught with cannabis liable for an [...]

Alaskan Governor adds police chief to marijuana regulatory board

January 24th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Ok, carrying on from the last one, this adds a little bit more uncertainty but thankfully on a smaller level. The appointment of a prohibitionist to a board which regulates the supply, consumption and cultivation of cannabis within a state is always going to raise a few eyebrows and unnerve a few people. Gov. Bill [...]

Medical cannabis protections extended further in conjunction with short-term Federal Budget Agreement

January 24th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

So cannabis is in a bit of an uncertain place in America at present, on one hand you have Vermont becoming the 9th state to legalise adult marijuana possession and cultivation and on the other you have Jeff Sessions getting rid of the Cole Memo and eager to bring the long arm of the law down on [...]

Vermont becomes 9th US state to officially legalise cannabis

January 23rd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

We posted yesterday about how we were unsure whether Governor Phil Scott had made good on his promise to sign the cannabis legalisation bill, we are now pleased to announce that he has! This is another major step forward for cannabis, solidifying it's popularity and acceptance in these uncertain times. We can only hope that [...]

Tourists smoking cannabis in California could see themselves banned from America

January 22nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

CALIFORNIA’S progression to legalising marijuana hasn’t been all peace-out and chill. First, many of the new commercial operations set up to grow and supply legal marijuana were burnt out in wildfires late last year. Then on January 1, when adult recreational use became legal, few places had completed the necessary paperwork or received their licences [...]

Has Vermont’s Governor signed the bill legalising recreational cannabis?

January 22nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Seriously, we actually do not know. After Vermont's Republican governor Phil Scott promised to privately sign the bill before Monday, we are currently unsure whether he has done so or not, as he previously reiterated he would do it in private, this is not necessarily a bad sign. Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s deadline for [...]

Bipartisan members of congress meet to discuss the implications of the Cole Memo being rescinded

January 22nd, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) held a bipartisan special order on Wednesday, January 17th to address the implications surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole Memo. Simply put, a special order is a practice in Congress where a member is able to speak on any topic they wish after the House of Representatives has been adjourned [...]

The once marijuana-friendly Calaveras County bans cannabis

January 18th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A previously pot friendly rural Northern California county has reversed course and banned commercial marijuana farms, paving the way for lawsuits from growers who previously received permits and paid taxes. A newly constituted Calaveras County board of supervisors last week voted 3-2 to ban marijuana, giving some 200 farmers with permits about three months to [...]

There are many chronically ill patients for whom cannabis may ease the pain

January 18th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Legalisation, Medical|

Patients who depend on cannabis to ease their pain have spoken out after Wales' AMs voted to lobby the UK Government to legalise the drug for medicinal use. The chronically-ill sufferers say the drug eases their pain and the current drugs law turns them into criminals. Assembly Members on Wednesday heard their pleas and backed [...]

Representative Barbara Lee champions Senator Brooker’s Marijuana Justice Act

January 18th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee is championing Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act in the House of Representatives. Lee on Wednesday introduced a companion House bill to Booker’s legislative effort to end federal marijuana prohibition introduced in the Senate last August. The House version has 12 co-sponsors, including Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., and marks the first time [...]

Introducing The Marijuana Justice Act

January 18th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Finally, here is something concrete for us pro-cannabis reform supporters to get behind! Hopefully this act will help solidify marijuana's status in modern times and protect it from those who would seek to prohibit it and return it to what it once was. Today, Representative Barbara Lee of California along with over a dozen original [...]

LA begins issuing approvals for recreational cannabis

January 17th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

It may not be long now before the first legal recreational marijuana shops begin operating in Los Angeles. City officials last Friday started issuing temporary approvals to cannabis businesses, which allows those businesses to apply for state licenses. At the moment, local approvals are only being given out to existing medical marijuana dispensaries that were [...]

Cannabis should be available to medical patients in Britain to prevent unreasonable prosecution

January 17th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Calls for legal or medical cannabis in Britain have really been ramped up over the past couple of months as more and more people recognise the medical potential of the plant. Some have even called for marijuana in general or just CBD to be available on the NHS.  Cannabis should be available on prescription to [...]

As Phil Murphy is sworn in as NJ Governor, he promises to legalise cannabis

January 17th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Phil Murphy, since the beginning of his campaign, has vowed to legalise cannabis in the state of New Jersey. He has also been highly critical of Donald Trump's administration's approach to the economy, pointing out that cannabis provides great social and economic boosts. Philip Dunton Murphy was sworn in as New Jersey’s 56th governor, vowing [...]

Can recreational pot raise the value of houses?

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Recreational cannabis has had massive economic effects for states who have opted for it, not only that but the access to marijuana has done wonders for social issues and generally helped boost states generally. However, one unforeseen effect may be the boost it could potentially give to real estate prices. Whether this is good or [...]

Cannabis sales set to quadruple by 2021 in North America

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Cannabis sales are set to be in excess of $18 billion by 2021. This is an astonishing figure. With such growth in an industry, it is unavoidable that there will be a huge rush of people and companies looking for a slice of the action. There is pretty much an ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) for [...]

Oregon family of doctors making medical cannabis innovations

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

The medical cannabis revolution is well under way, the race towards unlocking the full potential which we all know is within marijuana is on. It seems that every day we hear of new studies and insights into the medical applications of cannabis, and I for one welcome this. This is the first time I have [...]

69 Members of Congress sign letter to leadership in opposition to cannabis crackdown

January 16th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Yesterday we posted an article about how state representatives were attempting to stop Jeff Sessions' cannabis crackdown, you can see that article here . Now it is with great happiness that we can inform you that 69 members of congress have already signed their name on this bill, coming out in support of state legalised [...]

Some Trump supporters are feeling betrayed by cannabis crackdown

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Donald Trump is a very polarising figure, cannabis reform has also endured some serious controversy and back lash, so it seemed all the more bizarre when Trump seemed somewhat pro-cannabis, or more so not anti-legalisation, during his bid for the presidency, after all he was never known to hold his tongue on matters if he had [...]

Vermont’s Governor announces he plans to sign the measure which will allow personal use and cultivation of cannabis

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Vermont has been tip-toeing around cannabis reform for a while now. However, now it has finally come time to put pen to paper and legalise the damn thing, sort of. presuming this all goes as planned, Vermont citizens will be able to possess, use and cultivate a certain amount of cannabis. Republican Gov. Phil Scott publicly [...]

Cannabis users forced to choose between marijuana and firearms

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Cannabis and guns are hardly Bonnie and Clyde, not exactly a notorious combination if you check the facts of the matter. Multiple studies have shown that cannabis users are, on the whole, less violent, which makes it all the more strange that the government would want us to make the choice of which is more important. [...]

Representatives attempting to stop AG Jeff Sessions cannabis crackdown

January 15th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

In the wake of Jeff Sessions planned cannabis crackdown being announced last week, opposition has arisen by the masses, not just members of the public but state representatives have all stated their displeasure with this plan. While the plan has yet to have been fully put in motion, many are taking preemptive action, with cannabis [...]

Nationally legal cannabis could generate $132 billion in taxes for US

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When you come across studies like this, it really puts into perspective how regressive Jeff Sessions' cannabis policies are and will be. Trump's presidency has been characterised by him bucking tradition in all the wrong ways while Sessions' sting as AG has consisted of him upholding tradition in all the wrong ways at the expense of [...]

Sessions’ cannabis crackdown will have little practical impact and may move us closer to the end of prohibition

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Now that the dust has settled around attorney general Jeff Sessions’ promise of harsher federal marijuana enforcement, advocates of legalization have largely exchanged their initial disappointment over the move for one of long-term optimism. “I think there was a knee-jerk reaction of something approaching panic, but once everyone calmed down, they’ve come to realize that practically [...]

Legal cannabis bill on the table for New Jersey

January 12th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Here we go guys, the revolution marches on! After California officially legalised cannabis at the beginning of the year, New Jersey looks set to potentially follow suit and render cannabis completely legal in the state. This may have come in direct response to Jeff Sessions announcing he plans to bring the full weight of federal law [...]

Legal cannabis in Vermont approved by lawmakers

January 11th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Today, the Vermont state Senate approved a measure that would legalize the possession and limited home cultivation of marijuana. Under this legislation, H. 511, individuals 21 years of age or older would be able to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate a limited amount for personal use. “While prohibitionists like Attorney General [...]

If passed, this California bill could rid people of past cannabis convictions

January 11th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

A Democratic lawmaker wants to make it easier for Californians with marijuana convictions to reduce or erase their records as the state moves into the next phase of legalized pot. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require county courts to automatically expunge eligible records. It’s one of several efforts to build [...]

In a letter to the Attorney General Colorado representatives insist Sessions’ reinstate Cole Memo

January 10th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Colorado congressional legislators fired off a letter Tuesday to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking that he reconsider last week’s rescission of the Cole Memo and related marijuana guidance. Democratic representatives Jared Polis, Diana DeGette and Ed Perlmutter, and Republican Rep. Mike Coffman signed the letter to Sessions. In it, they “strongly urge” the Department of [...]

New Hampshire decides in favour of legalising cannabis possession and cultivation

January 10th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

UPDATE 01/09/18 1:30 PM Eastern: New Hampshire House Leadership, instead of sending the approved bill directly to the state Senate, has referred the legislation back to the House Ways and Means Committee. Now, either the committee declines to take action and sends the bill to the state Senate or holds hearings on the bill before [...]

Canada’s cannabis industry going full steam ahead in 2018 with corporate deals on the table

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Canada is scheduled to legalize recreational cannabis in 2018 and dealmaking in the corporate sector is already off to a busy start. First, we have The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD), a licensed producer with 970,000 ft.² of available growing space in Ontario and Quebec. On Friday, mega-grower Aurora Cannabis announced plans to purchase an almost 18 percent [...]

Massachusetts federal prosecutor says cannabis entrepreneurs face ‘great uncertainty’

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

America's cannabis industry is reeling after Jeff Sessions revealed he plans to use all power at his disposal to prohibit cannabis from being sold. This regressive tactic could potentially undo all the work that was done to legalise and decriminalise cannabis in a multitude of states across America this past year. Perhaps even more importantly [...]

Kansas representative makes racist speech defending prohibition

January 9th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When we think of prohibition times, we think of the 'speakeasy' and other such illicit drinking establishments which came about through sales of alcohol being, well, prohibited. This is what we call 'Prohibition Times', a fond memory generally due to how far we perceive our society to have progressed since then. This makes it all [...]

California marijuana will put the state’s supply line to the test

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the state’s legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway — at a retail shop. But out of view of those day-to-day sales, the state is ushering in a sprawling, untested system to move pot from place to place that will also serve as a [...]

Here’s what the experts have to say about Jeff Sessions’ cannabis policy

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, CBD, Edibles, Legalisation, Medical|

Days after California became the largest U.S. state to initiate regulated sales of cannabis to adults, a wave of uncertainty has crashed over America’s cannabis industry with the Justice Department’s elimination of Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move Thursday to rescind the Cole Memo and related guidance on marijuana has the potential to upend cannabis [...]

Will Oklahoma voters agree with new medical cannabis ballot initiative?

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Oklahoma voters will decide this June on State Question 788 — a statewide ballot measure legalizing the use, cultivation, and distribution of medical cannabis to qualified patients. Oklahomans will vote on the issue on June 26 during the primary election. Republican Mary Fallin set the date via an executive proclamation, issued yesterday. State Question 788 permits physicians to recommend cannabis [...]

Sessions empowers attorneys to enforce Federal Law

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states’ top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers. When he rescinded the Justice Department’s previous guidance on marijuana, Attorney [...]

Democrats and Republicans unite in opposition to Jeff Sessions recent actions against cannabis

January 8th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Following yesterday’s announcement by the DOJ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era memorandum issued by Attorney General James Cole in 2013, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle quickly denounced the decision. In addition to taking to the floor of the Senate to express his frustrations, Senator Cory [...]

Colorado Attorney General urges people to remain calm after Sessions’ renewed vendetta against state-legal marijuana

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy announcement Thursday giving federal prosecutors more leeway to crack down on legal marijuana set off a political firestorm in Colorado, with some of the state’s fellow Republicans charging the Trump administration with trampling on the will of voters and even over-reach. But the immediate impact of Sessions’ unraveling of several Obama-era policy memos — which set [...]

Here’s what Warrior’s coach Steve Kerr thinks of cannabis being legal in California

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

On Monday, California became the nation’s sixth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through the passage of 2016’s Proposition 64. On Tuesday afternoon, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed support for the drug. “I’m a proponent of it,” Kerr said after Tuesday’s practice. “I do feel strongly that (marijuana) is a much [...]

Vermont House rules in favour of legal cannabis, Senate will vote on the matter next week

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Lawmakers in the Vermont House passed a proposal that would make the Green Mountain State the latest to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. House lawmakers spent much of the day Thursday, with a break during Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s State of the State speech, debating a proposal that was passed by the state Senate last [...]

Jeff Sessions looks to demolish the Department of Justice’s hands-off approach to state-legal marijuana

January 5th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Department of Justice’s hands-off policy towards state-legal marijuana. “By rescinding the Cole Memo, Jeff Sessions is acting on his warped desire to return America to the failed beliefs of the ‘Just Say No’ and Reefer Madness eras. This action flies in the face of sensible public policy and broad public opinion. The American people [...]

Cannabis is legal in California, so why can’t Britain follow suit?

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation|

When I returned from Los Angeles last summer, I said goodbye to two dear friends with a heavy heart. One was a small jar of Mondo powder, a cannabinoid-infused coconut oil product I had acquired at a cannabis tupperware party. My wife liked sprinkling it on her toast. The other was a chic sativa vaporiser made by [...]

Export approval gives Australia the opportunity to be the world’s largest supplier of medicinal marijuana

January 4th, 2018|Cannabis, Legalisation, Medical|

Australia’s budding medicinal cannabis sector is set for a major windfall after winning approval to begin exports. The health minister, Greg Hunt, said allowing medicinal cannabis product exports will help the developing domestic market to grow. “By helping the domestic manufacturers to expand, this, in turn, helps to ensure an ongoing supply of medicinal cannabis products [...]

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